I support my president unconditionally, in terms of Obamacare. Sure, it does have elements which may not be consistent with total liberty, but where is the humanitarian liberty in watching and allowing one’s fellow citizen, neighbor, brother or sister to suffer in injury or illness because they are poor? And sure, the costs and expectations of the plan may be a burden to some, but are these burdens truly greater than that of those who are suffering from lack of care?
Certainly and inevitably, the very privilege of such guaranteed health care will be manipulated and abused selfishly by some, but is this really far from the norm of any such system, and does it demand elimination of such a gift for all of the honest, hard-working Americans who have truly earned it? Who before this man had the grit to step up to the plate, with its known challenges, conflicts and personal perils, initiate a new plan which strives to compassionately provide health care to every man, woman and child, and get it done, pushing through an entangling jungle of red tape, bureaucracy and many opposing forces?
Though the same spirit may have prevailed behind the Clinton era’s 1992 and 1994 plans, Barack Obama persevered against great resistance, fueled by a fire of ethical conscious, to finally seal the deal. It is not perfect but it is a start, and an expression of the possibility that our nation, and perhaps beyond, can function on principles that support human wellness and equality.
The writer is a native of Lee.